In episode 79, Denny & James review an aged Baozhong kindly provided to them by Philipp Abba of Zero Tea Zen. A total contrast vs. the modern, green-style Baozhong that currently dominates the Baozhong market. Read more about the tea here (English at the bottom of the post).
40 Year Old Baozhong via Zero Tea Zen [Episode 79]
6 responses to “40 Year Old Baozhong via Zero Tea Zen [Episode 79]”
Always fun to watch you guys talk tea, as you are quite down-to-earth, easy-going, and non-pretentious about the whole experience. By the way, do you know what the oxidation level is on that BZ, by chance? Thanks.
1) I think I’m seeing a pair of guys getting smashed with good qi, judging by behavior. You guys *did* get a lot of qi in that tea, didn’t you?
2) I was never really a big fan of aged baozhongs, but lots of people do like it. Tends to have a very distinct phlegmy texture in the mouth. Sort of medicinal-plummy taste, but otherwise consistent in taste. So I find them boring aside from the qi. Aged dongdings, yancha, and some dancongs are more my thing.
3) Never take age seriously on an oolong. Without pretty tight chain of custody, most of them don’t have any firm dates at all, aside from tins, competitions, etc, etc.
4) All that said, I hope you guys continued drinking it for a long time. Many such teas do last a ton of brews. Others are short. Did it die quickly or not, if you continued drinking?
A 40 year old banana??? I must say this was just one of my favorite episodes to see you both coming up with words to describe the flavors. I do not know much about oolong tea and appreciate all of your info and opinions.
PS-I know this is probably revealed in an old episode, but what does do the “DB” of TeaDB represent??
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